Daily News reports:
Authorities arrested a Texas woman and her boyfriend for sexually assaulting a 1-year-old girl in what they’ve called “one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen.”
Crystal Herrera on New Year’s Eve phoned 911 and told law enforcement officials the child managed to leave the house in the middle of the night and was attacked by dogs, the San Antonio-Express reported. However, when investigators and medical personnel examined the baby, they realized her injuries were not consistent with the ones described by her 22-year-old relative.
County Sheriff Javier Salazar in a press conference said the young girl was found with life-threatening wounds consistent with “brutal” sexual assault as well as multiple stab wounds.
“I can’t even begin to describe to you the level of depravity that went into this crime,” Salazar said. “It’s a horrendous case.”
Herrera was charged with injury to a child while her boyfriend Isaac Andrew Cardenas, 23, was charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child — a capital felony with a minimum 20-year sentence. His bond was set at $300,000.
“This is one of those cases, I’ll be honest with you, it’s something that I haven’t even seen the pictures, I don’t want to see the pictures,” Salazar said during the news conference. “It’s been described to me and just imagining it is enough to chill any of us.”
Following the incident the toddler was taken to University Hospital where she was in stable condition Wednesday, the Express-News reported. Detectives are additionally looking into any history of abuse of the girl, who was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.
“A child this small to suffer these types of injuries, she’s going to carry this with her for the rest of her life, physically, emotionally, and also as a family,” Salazar said. “It’s a heartbreaking case.”